Community resources

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Group of young people meeting.

Many organizations are doing great work protecting the environment and health. Below are some groups worth checking out.

State & national organizations

Air Resources Board: Protects the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and climate change. Monthly meetings on keeping California’s air clean are open to the public.

California Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Investigations Branch: Investigates emerging environmental health problems, collects health and exposure data, and consults with governmental and non-governmental organizations to help with policy, training and technical expertise.

California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA): The place to go for information about environmental health risks in California. OEHHA provides government agencies with toxicological and medical information relevant to policy decisions affecting public health. Check out their CalEnviroScreen to map what risks are in your area.

Children’s Environmental Health Network: A national advocacy organization that protects children from environmental health hazards.

Green Science Policy Institute: Researchers creating unbiased data to protect the health of the environment and people living in it.

National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH): An arm of the US Centers for Disease Control, NCEH researches, tracks and evaluates environmental health problems and assists national and international organizations to help prepare for environmental emergencies. 

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health: This network of scientists, community members, educators, healthcare providers, public health officials and policymakers aim to increase the impact of environmental health research at the local, regional and national level. Take a listen to their informative podcast series.

Silent Spring Institute: Scientists working to break the link between environmental chemicals and women’s health.

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX): Researchers working to reduce the use of chemicals that interfere with hormones.

US Environmental Protection Agency: Still a solid source of basic information about the environment from pollution in air and water to green living.

Central Valley organizations

EHSC’s work is focused largely on the San Joaquin Valley. For a complete list of community groups we work with see who's on our Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR): CPR is a statewide coalition of over 185 organizations. Its mission is to protect public health, improve environmental quality and support a sustainable agricultural system by building a movement across California to change pesticide policy and practice.

Central Valley Asthma Collaborative (CCAC): CCAC works in the San Joaquin Valley to advance knowledge around asthma, create healthy home, outdoor and school environments, and promote access to quality health care.

Community Water Center (CWC): CWC develops water solutions through community organizing, education and advocacy in California’s San Joaquin Valley. CWC ensures all people have access to safe, clean and aff­ordable water by giving rural and low-income communities a voice.

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) : EJCW is a coalition of grassroots organizations working on more equitable water distribution, management and policy for the state’s underserved communities. EJCW’s mission is to ensure access to clean, safe and affordable water for all.

UC Davis groups

Center for Health and the Environment (CHE): CHE’s roots date back to the 50s and the nation’s nuclear programs. CHE encourages multidisciplinary research on health and the effect environmental agents have on humans, animals and other organisms.

Center for Regional Change (CRC): A center for innovative, collaborative and action-oriented research. CRC’s main goal is to support building healthy, equitable, prosperous and sustainable regions in California and beyond.

John Muir Institute for the Environment (JMIE): A co-operative institute, JMIE seeks innovative solutions to the 21st Century’s most pressing environmental problems. JMIE leads a number of initiatives around climate change, big data, energy and water, to name just a few.      

Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS): WCAHS researches and raises awareness about the importance of agricultural health and safety in the Western part of the US. Areas of focus include climate change, heat illness, pesticide exposure, sexual harassment in agriculture and health problems of immigrant farmworkers.